Thanking Those That Serve

When I travel around this great state or even the region, I often get asked what makes Ord and Valley County so special? The question usually goes: “Are you guys doing something uber-creative or innovative that catalyzes long-term economic growth?”

Anne Clausen, Becky Ries and Megan Cargill help at the Chamber Appreciation Pancake Feed

No, not really. What we do is fairly simple and fairly straightforward. We establish a baseline and action plan each year and execute that plan with the help of dedicated volunteers. Yes, you need quality paid staff to make the magic happen, but more importantly, you need engaged stakeholders that understand the reason why we do things.

That’s it. We constantly push our agenda forward with quality people who are dedicated to our community. While we have an economic development philosophy that may differ from others, we have a tremendous core group of volunteers that understands rural economic development in our area is about community survival. That’s motivation which is hard to stop.

Next Saturday February 25 we get to honor those volunteers (check out the details of our banquet here). It marks one of the happiest days I have as a professional: we get to say thank you to those that put their time, energy and effort into propelling our community to greatness. We get to thank them for all the heavy lifting they do to make my staff’s and I’s job easier.

Additionally, Aaron Davis will be our keynote. I’ve been witness to Aaron’s message before: his message will strike right to the core of what we do. Live with purpose and meaning. And in no other place, can you do both. So, help me thank those that serve by thanking this year’s nominees:

Alan Gabriel
Becky Ries
Dahn Hagge
Dale Zadina
Danielle Proskocil
Guy & Jennifer Lewis
Heather Sikyta
Janie Zadina
Kayla Hinrichs
Mark Hagge
Megan Cargill
Russ Blaha
Sally Domeier

Butch Koehlmoos
Dale Zadina
DiAnne Hughes
Dr. Bernie Keown
Eulalia Edwards
Frank Smedra
Gaylord Boilesen
Mary Molle
Paul Markowski
Ray Scott
Rich Klimek
Steve Wolf
Walt Smith

Bryant Els
Devin Cronk
Johnny Ference
Katie Peterson
Melani Hagge
Ord High School Drama Team – Cast & Crew

Ashley Woodward
Dahn Hagge
Heather Sikyta
Kiley White/Grocery Kart
Laura Pokorny
Mark Hagge
Megan Cargill
Sue Blaha

Agland Electric & Irrigation
Misko Sports/Clay & Jennifer Ramsey
Scott’s TV
Technology 1st
Valley Fire Pottery
Wray Insurance Agency

FBLA – Jennifer Remmereid
Loup Valley Ag Society
Loup Valley Jaycees
Make Christmas Happen – Plain Valley Extension Club
Ord Rotary
Second Hand Rose
St. John Lutheran Church & Bethany Lutheran Church
Valley County Community Foundation Fund
Valley County Health System
Veteran’s Club

Good Beginnings
New Neighborhoods/Rolling Hills Townhomes
Ord Car Club
Ord High School Addition & Renovation
Ord Volunteer Fire Department
Vision Valley County

Family Resources –
Ord Public Schools –
Ord Township Library –
Sports Shed –
Valley County Health System –
Wolf Auction & Real Estate –

That’s one heckuva list of volunteers. THANK YOU!

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